Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Learn About Protecting Your Community and Country in Police Foundations

Centennial College is preparing students for a wide range of careers in various police and military forces or in the field of security and related occupations through its Police Foundations program. This two-year undertaking results in an Ontario College diploma, and is carried out through a paramilitary style of training.

The admission requirements of the Police Foundations program reflect the serious nature of the undertaking and the careers in which graduates are employed. First and foremost, applicants must possess at minimum an Ontario Secondary Diploma or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. In addition, they must have compulsory English 12C or U credits or skills assessment or equivalent. English proficiency will also be considered and a program information session may be required. Applicants should also know that some program experiences might require a criminal reference check.

In addition to these standard Centennial College requirements there is a host of essential necessities that are typical in policing. Students should have no criminal record, must possess a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record and must have valid first aid and/or CPR certification. In addition, there are physical requirements such as: vision checks, standard normal hearing, physical fitness and readiness for the Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (PREP) test. Lastly, applicants for police services careers in Ontario must be able to pass a security clearance, background investigation and credit and reference checks. For full details, please check out Police Foundations admissions page.

Once you have been accepted to the program, you will find that courses simulate real life and case studies are constantly incorporated into lessons. Courses within the Police Foundations program include: Principles of Ethical and Moral Reasoning, Professional Police Standards, Criminology for Policing, Current Criminal Justice, Youth Conflict with the Law, and many others. A highlight of the program is the Police Prep component that prepares students for all the required testing to become part of Canada’s police force. The training results in graduates being able to: withstand pressure, communicate effectively, act as problem-solvers and help people in the community. In addition, they have knowledge of current law enforcement methods, conflict resolution techniques, criminal proceedings, community policing principles and the experience necessary to carry out decisions that can be applied in further police training. Overall, the Police Foundations program is a great way for students to get their foot in their door of policing.

Video of Police Foundations Program

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